Is Jinder Mahal Being Pushed as The Next WWE Champion?

Published 05/22/2021, 6:45 AM CDT


Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal came back to the main roster a few weeks back. Despite being out of in-ring action for a few months, Mahal has his sights set on his goals.

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After defeating WWE icon, Jeff Hardy, on his first match back, Mahal did not shy away from criticizing his old friend and fellow former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. The latter has also reacted to the claims of Jinder Mahal and hinted at an altercation in the future.

All this back-and-forth and extensive media coverage had led fans to believe that Jinder might be the latest contender for the WWE title. Given that the ‘Modern Day Maharaja‘ has some solid backup in the Indus Sher (Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar), his chances have exponentially increased.

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Mahal’s primary grievance remains that the WWE Universe outcast him as a champ throughout his infamous 170 day reign. Back then, he was associated with the Singh Brothers and was a main eventer alongside the likes of John Cena, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton to name a few.

However, this time around, Jinder has improved considerably, especially in his promos. His words about him and McIntyre are so well-articulated that it makes us wonder if there is some truth to the fiction.

Apart from that, his moves are substantially cleaner when compared to his previous in-ring rigidity. WWE has put him over the iconic Jeff Hardy on the former’s return to make Mahal look good. With the proper booking, Mahal and Indus Ser could even become the new Hurt Business.

Will Jinder Mahal pursue the WWE Championship?

As of now, Drew McIntyre has been actively pursuing the WWE title. Judging from WWE and its media outlets, they are pushing for a Mahal vs McIntyre feud.

With the help of this feud and by proving McIntyre’s inferiority, Mahal can also cross over to Bobby Lashley‘s WWE title. The new and improved Mahal’s title reign could be a fresh start for WWE fans.

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With Hell in a Cell 2021 on the cards, there is a chance WWE will book Mahal to face both Lashley and McIntyre inside the cage. However, this would get clear in a few weeks.

Apart from the WWE Championship, Mahal can also pursue mid-card titles like the US Championship. It won’t be surprising if we see Mahal showing up for Sheamus’ ‘open challenge’ on Monday.

No matter what the outcome is, Jinder Mahal is definitely getting a push from the WWE creative team. Now, the fans have to see whether this push lands Mahal into his second world title reign or not.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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